Postpartum Packages

**Available in both “in person” and “virtual” options**

New Parents Education Package $400 (12 hours) is designed for those who have good support at home from spouse or family, but want a periodic check in to work on breastfeeding, sleep expectations and safe sleep, newborn care, mom’s recovery, soothing strategies, baby-wearing, developmental expectations and milestones, introducing bottles/pumping/returning to work, returning to “normal life”, and coping with family and relationship changes.

Comprehensive Postpartum Care Package $1200 (40 hours) is designed for those who need more regular care after spouses/family have left or returned to work. This usually includes several visits a week (2-6 hours at a time) to help with everything listed above as well as day to day help with light household tasks (dishes, laundry), care for your baby/older children so you can care for yourself (shower, eat, sleep), help with errands, groceries, and simple meal prep. I am also able to work more closely with families who are having trouble adjusting to new life with a baby, dealing with postpartum emotions, and overall life changes.

Breastfeeding Education Visit $75 (1.5-2 hours) is for those needing breastfeeding assistance. I can help with learning proper latch, comfortable breastfeeding positions, feeding expectations, helping you know your baby is getting enough milk, assessing weight gain and other potential problems. I can also help with bottle introduction and how to use your pump effectively as well as milk storage guidelines.

I also offer my Postpartum Services on a week to week basis at an hourly rate of $35/hr.

Postpartum Visit

A Postpartum Visit checking on Mom and Baby

“I don’t think I can ever thank Shelley enough. She was postpartum doula for me after my 2nd child. After coming back from the hospital, my husband and I was completely exhausted from taking care of the newborn, looking after our kindergartener and running the household. Shelley helped us in so many areas – newborn care and breastfeeding guidance, fixing our sleep schedules, help with household chores, quality time with our older kid – to name a few. She’s very friendly, a great listener and gave me sage advises when I asked. I even learned quite a few cooking tricks from her :-)! I’m eternally grateful to her and I’m certain that it would have taken me a much longer time to recover without her support and guidance. I highly recommend any new parents to get her support.”   –Nabila, mom to Nashita and Reina

My Labor Support Services – Temporarily Suspended

Dad and Shelley help mom through labor

Dad and Shelley help mom through labor

  • 1-2 prenatal visits
  • 1 prenatal visit with you and your caregiver to discuss your plans and wishes for labor and birth.
  • Unlimited phone calls/text/emails for questions and concerns before, and after the birth. 24/7 on call availability.
  • Continuous, one on one labor support once labor begins.
  • Assistance following the delivery (usually 1-2 hours after the birth) with your personal needs, picture taking, and beginning breastfeeding.
  • Postpartum follow-up: 1-2 visits  after you come home to address baby care, recovery, and breastfeeding questions.
  • Personalized birth story, written from my perspective, for you to keep!

“Shelley, Thank you so much for everything you’ve done for us. Milo’s birth would have been a vastly different experience without you— I’m not at all sure I could have done it naturally without your help”
— Krisdee, mom to Milo, and later- Eliot and Emmet

How does a doula really make a difference?
Results from different studies have all suggested that having a doula reduces the overall cesarean rate by 50%, Pitocin use by 40% and requests for epidurals by 60%. The use of a doula also showed a major reduction in the length of labor due to fewer stress hormones being produced in the laboring woman’s body.

The Doula Book © 2002; Klaus, Marshall, Klaus and Kennell.